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10:50 AM ET, December 2, 2009

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
An Open Letter from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg  —  It has been a great year for making the world more open and connected.  Thanks to your help, more than 350 million people around the world are using Facebook to share their lives online.  —  To make this possible …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Roll Out New Privacy Controls To Its 350 Million Users, Kills Regional Networks  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just written an open letter to Facebook users regarding a privacy overhaul that is due to hit the site in the next few weeks.  Soon, users will be able to selectively choose …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and Mashable!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's “Project Rushmore” Begins with Massive Facebook Connect Deployment Across Internet Giant  —  A few weeks ago, several sources at Yahoo begin telling BoomTown about a mysterious “Project Rushmore,” which was described as a massive integration of major social networking sites across the giant Internet portal.
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DigiTimes:
Acer to launch Chrome OS netbook in 2H10  —  Acer plans to launch a Google Chrome operating system-based netbook, which the company has been developing since mid-2009 in the second half of 2010, according to industry sources.  —  Acer chairman JT Wang also expressed his confidence …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Web-Based Productivity Suite Zoho Launches Full Integration With Google Docs  —  Zoho is undoubtedly the lesser known name and an underdog in the productivity suite race with Google and Microsoft.  But the startup has a compelling strategy: Zoho continuously launches integrations …
Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight  —  Disclaimer: The information presented here has been gathered and analyzed in my capacity as a graduate student at Indiana University.  This data was gathered and analyzed on my own time, without using federal government resources.
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:   Yahoo, Verizon: Our Spy Capabilities Would ‘Shock’, ‘Confuse’ Consumers
Josh Cohen / Google News Blog:
Google and paid content  —  As newspapers consider charging for access to their online content, some publishers have asked: Should we put up pay walls or keep our articles in Google News and Google Search?  In fact, they can do both - the two aren't mutually exclusive.
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Fair Syndication Consortium: Google Responsible For Over Half …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Huffington To Murdoch: Stop ‘Pointing Fingers’
Duncan Geere / Pocket-lint.com:
Google, Yahoo, eBay and Facebook confront UK Government  —  Mandelson under attack over proposed Digital Economy bill  —  Google, Facebook, Yahoo and eBay have launched a blistering attack on Lord Mandelson, expressing “grave concerns” about his plans to change copyright laws in the recently-proposed Digital Economy bill.
Discussion: BBC, Thanks:brothatech
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
One of Google Chrome OS's hardest tasks?  Printing  —  Many challenges will have to be solved before Google is ready to release Chrome OS, it's browser-based operating system for Netbooks.  One of the biggest ones could be something as far offline as it gets.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
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Royal Pingdom:
74% of the world, Google's Chrome OS is not for you
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com and Computerworld
Katherine Boehret / Wall Street Journal:
Videos on TV With a Flip of a Channel  —  Remember when families used to gather around the television to watch home videos?  The process sounds old fashioned now that we spend so much time watching videos on our computer screens.  The company that introduced the popular Flip hand-held video cameras …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Steve Jobs intervenes, approves Knocking streaming video app  —  A persuasive e-mail from an iPhone developer to Steve Jobs helped Pointy Heads Software get its Knocking Live Video—the first official iPhone app capable of streaming live video over 3G and WiFi connections—approved for sale in the App Store.
Startup diaries:
Don't be evil, Craigslist  —  Yesterday (Nov 30th 2009), at approximately 2pm PST, Craigslist effectively killed all Yahoo Pipes projects that use Craigslist as a data source.  For those unfamiliar with Yahoo Pipes, it's a nifty tool that allows you to take data from anywhere on the net …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Softpedia News, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Groupon Gets A Hefty $30 Million From Accel For Local Offers Service  —  Chicago based Groupon, which was formerly known as ThePoint, has raised a hefty Series B financing - $30 million - from new investor Accel Partners and existing investor New Enterprise Associates.
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Nokia's 2010 Goals: Fix the Symbian UI, release Maemo 6, and make more money  —  Today Nokia (NYSE: NOK) is holding their Capital Markets Day event in Espoo, Finland.  It's similar to the Nokia World event that took place in September, but instead of an having an audience of press …
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
webOS 1.3.2 Released for Pixi, Pre Standing By  —  note: webOS 1.3.2 is not Christmas-themed, that'd be an add-on  —  We're not sure what to make of this yet, but andidendel in our forums just let us know that webOS 1.3.2 is getting pushed out to the Pixi right now.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google Patent Reveals Data Center Innovations  —  A diagram of an “air wand” indicating the location of cooling vents in the wand, a key feature of a patent application by Google data center engineers.  —  Google has revealed some of the secret technology inside its mighty data centers …
Thanks:atul
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Manufacturers redirecting R&D on declining GPS device orders?  —  If you enjoy the decimation of an industry as much as Google does then you're going to love the latest rumor sourced from DigiTimes' manufacturing moles.  According to the Taiwanese rumor rag, personal navigation device R&D teams …
Discussion: DigiTimes and TECH.BLORGE.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Square Worth $40 Million Before Launch  —  Earlier today we wrote about Square, the new payment service cofounded by Jim McKelvey and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey.  We also interviewed Dorsey and used Square to buy a coffee.  —  We knew Square had closed a hyper-competitive venture round.
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Not All Of Square's “Advisors” Are Hollywood Sexpots
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Alex Petcherski / The Official Google Blog:
Show me the pictures: better format for image results  —  I love when I get images back in my Google search results.  There's no better way to quickly understand the difference between an ocelot and a clouded leopard.  But sometimes I want to see more images to really make sure I've identified the right jungle cat.
Mark Day / YouTube Blog:
Count Down Memorable Videos of the Year  —  We'd give you chocolates with it if we could: This week marks the launch of our advent-style calendar counting down some of the most memorable videos of the year on YouTube.  This sponsored collection, presented by Samsung U10 …
Discussion: MediaMemo and Pocket-lint.com
Piyush Prahladka / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Region Tags in Google Search Results  —  Country-code top-level domains (or ccTLDs) can provide people with a quick and valuable clue about the location of a website—for example, “.fr” for France or “.co.jp” for Japan.  However, for certain top level domains like .com, .info and .org, it's not as easy to figure out the location.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
E-Readers May Hold More Surprises  —  Books are having their iPod moment this holiday season.  But buyer beware: It could also turn out to be an eight-track moment.  —  While e-reading devices were once considered a hobby for early adopters, Justin Timberlake is now pitching one on prime …
Discussion: TeleRead
Reuters:
EA sees fewer titles; digital rising  —  Electronic Arts Inc (ERTS.O) sees a future where its online and mobile games are as critical as “Madden NFL” and other console games as the company focuses on building core franchises and winnows its number of titles, said Chief Executive John Riccitiello.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Spring Design denied injunction on sales of Barnes & Noble Nook  —  This shouldn't be seen as an indicator of future rulings, but Spring Design has been denied its injunction to halt Barnes & Noble from selling the Nook.  According to court documents, there is “genuine dispute” …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cisco Leads $27 Million Round For Aravo
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
EFF sues feds for info on social-network surveillance
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Intel, AMD Chips Help Fuel Server Market Rebound, IDC Says
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Geo-Targeted Display Ads Set for Growth
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Another e-tailer named in probe changes course
Discussion: CNN
SC Magazine UK:
Koobface begins Christmas campaign on the 1st December with …
Discussion: SC Magazine and Pocket-lint.com
James Temple / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tech companies to move into Chronicle building
Discussion: BaltTech
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Charlie Wolf: How the Mac roared back
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Register
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Web-based toy maker Smith & Tinker lays off 30 percent of staff
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft says black screens not caused by security updates